Everyone is welcome

to shop

at Hampden Park Co-op!

A grocery store based on sustainable principles:    

  • supporting local producers
  • carrying a wide range of organic and eco-friendly products
  • valuing a volunteering system


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What's new at the Co-op

HPC now carries Soluppa all-natural soups! A company based out of St. Paul (a neighbor on University Ave.) makes "goodness" their goal. Soups tasting like homemade varieties, Soluppa ready to eat soups are available in the deli for $8.99/32 ounces. Flavors available: Tomato Basil, Wild Rice Gumbo, Pumpkin Cranberry Bisque, Mushroom Barley Lentil, and more.

Stop in to try for a simple, easy dinner!

Current News

Hampden Park Co-op is Hiring: General Manager

We are seeking an energetic and creative community-minded leader to serve as our General Manager. The successful applicant will be working with a dedicated staff of 20 and more than 400 volunteer member-owners. The position reports to the Board of Directors, which is elected by the members of the Co-op (currently numbering over 3,000). The right candidate will possess the skills, experience, enthusiasm, and capacity for innovation to guide the Co-op through organizational expansion and community engagement. This is a full-time, salaried position  More information and application procedure.

Four Imperiled Pollinators

—by Roxy Bergeron

Quarterly Discounts, Plant Sale, & Insects

—by Naomi Jackson, Membership Coordinator

Insects in this issue

The first article I ever wrote for this newsletter was about bees. That was fifteen years ago. Since then, I’ve developed an insect- friendly herb garden, become a bee keeper, written bee poetry, and now am turning my attention to the issues that threaten the survival of our pollinating insects.

In this issue, Margot Monson and Roxy Bergeron provide information and resources for you to insure that your home garden does no harm to beneficial insects and to address the wider issues of toxic pesticides and habitat loss. You can also buy insect-friendly seeds and plants at our co-op.

Annual patronage Letters

Seductive Kale

A Review of Fifty Shades of Kale: 50 Fresh and Satisfying Recipes That Are Bound to Please
by Drew Ramsey, M.D., and Jennifer Iserloh

—reviewed by Nicole Infinity

Bee Friendly, Bee Aware

—by Margot Monson

For all the gardeners and lovers of flowering plants who wish to create an environment that attracts beneficial insects to your yards and gardens, choose your plants with extra care this spring. This includes plants you may choose for gifts in the form of pots and baskets with colorful annuals.

Selecting native plants

The Yellow Dragon Plague

—by Roxy Bergeron, HPC volunteer

Is it too dramatic to call it cancer, this insidious affliction pursuing citrus trees?

Fruit warps into impossible green bitter phantoms of what they might have been, raining from a tree in despair, lying by the dozen on the ground. The tree itself becomes stunted, with deformed roots and yellowed leaves, rife with the lethal bacteria that invaded its phloem—its vascular system—months or even years before. It’s a not-so-subtle end-stage failure, with nothing to be done but thank a tree for its years of fragrant delicious yields, then destroy it.

Food Shelf News

Think spring when you make a food shelf donation and include garden seeds, ready-to-go drinks, and portable, healthful snack foods.

Ongoing needs include canned goods (meat, soup, fruit, and vegetables); rice, beans, and pasta; boxed dinners and baking mixes; cooking supplies such as oil, flour, and sugar. Personal care items are also needed: bar soap, shampoo, deodorant, laundry detergent, paper products, and toothbrushes.

Donations from your home cupboard are welcome as long as seals are intact and the product is not out of date. The food shelf is not able to accept bulk items that you packed at the store, or home-canned foods.

Unusual Foods: Tahini

—by Monica Rojas

Tahini or tahina is a paste made from ground hulled sesame seeds. Tahini has been around for a very long time. The first written documentation is in a cuneiform document written 4,000 years ago, which talks about the custom of serving the gods a form of sesame wine. Historian Herodotus wrote about cultivating sesame 3,500 years ago by the Tigris and Euphrates rivers, where it was mainly used as a source of oil. Tahini is mentioned by name in a hummus kasa, a recipe in an anonymous 13th-century Arabic cookbook called Kitab Wasf al-Atima al-Mutada.

Get Your Bee-friendly Plants and Seeds at Hampden Park Co-op!

All seeds and plants sold at Hampden Park Co-op are grown without chemicals and are therefore pollinator-friendly.

Our potted plants and seedlings, which will arrive in early May, are from Glacial Ridge Growers in Glenwood, Minnesota. They will be on sale for the entire month of May. (See page 7 for more information about our annual Mayfest event.) To learn more about
Glacial Ridge Growers, go to their website: <www.glacialridgegrowers.com>.

Our garden seeds, available now, come from Seed Savers Exchange in Decorah, Iowa. SSE is committed to preserving agricultural diversity by growing and sharing heirloom seeds and offering educational events open to the public.

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